The Violence of Our Lives

The Violence of Our Lives

Interviews With American Murderers

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Interviews with American men and women convicted of a range of crimes, from manslaughter to contract killings, reveal the violence in their lives and its roots

Book News
Presents 21 thoughtful, revealing interviews with men and women convicted of everything from near-accidents to crimes of passion to cold-blooded hits. Organized into six sections, the interviews include released men, released women, imprisoned men, imprisoned women, men in prison, and victims. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Through interviews with men and women convicted of killing by near-accident, during acts of passion, or in contract hits, Parker reveals their stories, their motives, their thoughts: none claims innocence; some show remorse. Parker collects their conversations and, by subtle arrangement, achieves an extraordinary narrative tension. Among those who talked with him were a man who spent three years on Death Row awaiting execution and another who was strapped in the electric chair before being reprieved; a pastor of a revivalist church in the Deep South who became a born-again fundamentalist in prison; a former prostitute who murdered her pimp and set fire to his body; a lawyer and former addict who shot her live-in drug dealer boyfriend; a personnel manager now out of prison on parole after serving seventeen years for a street-brawl stabbing; and many others - men and women, black and white, some of whom are regarded as so dangerous and violent that they are incarcerated in maximum-security prisons with no chance of ever being released. Finally, there are interviews with relatives of people who were murdered - scarred forever, like the offenders, by the violence of our lives.
From each interview there emerges a story so individual, vivid, and skillfully rendered that it challenges any assumptions about the causes of crime and the justification of punishment.

& Taylor

Arranged in a compelling narrative, interviews with American men and women convicted of a range of crimes from manslaughter to contract killings reveal the violence in their lives and its roots. 15,000 first printing. $12,500 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805030587
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 PAR
Characteristics: xviii, 235 p. ; 24 cm


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